After a very week start, Spain continues to pull through even during the final rounds of the Eurobasket. A disputed win over Greece, after which Vassilis Spanoulis announced his retirement from the National team, Spain surpassed France, during last night’s first semifinal. This year France broke the tradition, in which the hosting nation were to reach the final phases of a major tournament. A new crowd record was set, at 26.922 spectators.
Spain defeated France, by 80:75, leaving fans in tears, as the ecstatic Spanish players took the floor. The victory was mostly brought by Pau Gasol, the undisputed, bulletproof MVP. Gasol scored a total of 40 points and 11 rebounds, an impressive double-double.
The players of Sergio Scariolo now await tonight’s match between Serbia and Lithuania, to see their next rival. A match that will be presided by a Spaniard, a Latvian, and a Turk. An interesting choice of referees, to say the least.
The long awaited semifinal battle starts at 9pm CET, and will be a chance for team Serbia to really show what they are made of. The time at the Eurobasket genuinely flew by, leaving only two more days, to the end of the Championship. By the end of the week, Europe will have its new ruler.